The Q&A Archives: Containers or Garden Bed

Question: Is it better to plant vegetables in a box, so they can get lots of water or should you plant them in the ground?

Answer: When you plant in containers you have better control over the water and nutrients supplied to plants, but containers dry out faster than garden beds and may need daily attention. On the other hand, properly prepared garden soil will retain moisture and nutrients and give the plant roots plenty of room to stretch out. Either way is acceptable, and most vegetable plants will adjust to growing in containers, so it boils down to personal preference. Find the sunniest site possible to grow warm-season veggies such as tomatoes and peppers. If that's on a deck or patio, choose containers that are at least 12" deep, with plenty of drainage holes on the bottom, and garden there. Otherwise amend a garden bed with lots of organic matter and plant your veggies in the ground.

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